Friday, May 19, 2017

MCPL Used Book Sale in Need of Office/Paper Case Boxes with Lids

Boxes with Lids are vital to the organization
of the MCPL Used Book Sale.
ATTENTION, ATTENTION:  We are in need of good/decent condition office/paper case boxes with lids so we can store the donated books after we sort them on the shelves. 

It does not matter what brand box ... any office/paper case box with a lid will work. We have less shelf space so these boxes are vital to our organization process. They also come in handy for the book sale itself.

Donated boxes can be dropped off at the Information Desk of the Mount Clemens Public Library with a note that the boxes are for the used book sale. 

We thank you for your support. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Free Access May 16-23 to Pennsylvania Resources on website has announced free access to all Pennsylvania resources on its website from May 16 - May 23, 2017. 

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has put together a lot of informational material on its AmericanAncestors website covering a variety of Pennsylvania research topics in addition to giving free access to its Pennsylvania-related databases. There is also a free webinar, "Resources for Pennsylvania Genealogy" presented by Ann Lawthers on Thursday, May 18, at 3 p.m. Registration is required. Find the registration link via the link to the free access summary page above. 

To access the free databases simply create a free guest user account if you do not already have one. If you are an New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEGHS) member, simply sign into your account.

Registered guest users get access to a limited suite of databases; access to webinars, how-to videos and downloads; and can make purchases from the online store. Did you know that guest users also get free access to other new databases for the first 30 days that database is online? There are lots of great reasons to register as a guest user or become a member of the NEGHS society.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mother's Day Sale on Family Tree DNA Family Finder (Autosomal) Test: Now $69

Family Tree DNA is having a Mother's Day Sale on its autosomal DNA test called Family Finder. Regularly $79, the FamilyFinder test is on sale for $69 plus taxes and shipping. The sale price is good until May 14, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Central Time which is 12:59 a.m. Eastern Time.

Family Tree DNA is the only DNA testing company that tests Y-DNA and mtDNA in addition to autosomal DNA. At a later date, you can always add/upgrade another test type to the DNA sample already submitted.

Remember, the sale price is not just for "mothers." Any one (male or female) can take an autosomal DNA test. So if there is some elderly cousin or any relation really you hope to test, now is a good time to pick up a test kit or two.

Also, remember that Family Tree DNA also has a DNA Automsomal Transfer option. Autosomal DNA Transfers can be done with 23andMe V3 or V4 tests and AncestryDNA V1 and V2 tests. The initial transfer is free for a look at your matches and is just $19 to unlock the test to see/do more and be able to contact matches. We have two posts here and here that explain DNA Autosomal Transfers.

Some of our other previous posts can explain a little bit about the difference between autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. Click the labels to the left using either DNA, DNA Day, or FamilyTreeDNA.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Wednesday is Our Annual Pot-Luck and Silent Auction -- Bring a Dish to Share, the Event Starts at 5 p.m., Dinner at 6 p.m.

Note: Originally posted May 6, 2017, at 2:37 p.m. Correction to date made.

A reminder to all MCGG Friday Group and MCGG Let's Talk...Genealogy members that this Wednesday, May 10, is our Annual Pot-luck and Silent Auction combined meeting. Bidding starts at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. Bring a dish (homemade or store bought) to share and some money if you plan to place a bid.

Remember, to let Ann know if you are attending so we have an idea of how many tables/seats we will need. Reply to her recent email or use the Macomb email on our contact page. Of course, if you find you can attend at the last minute, don't worry we always have a few extra seats.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day Sale on MyHeritage DNA, Now $69

MyHeritage is having a Mother's Day sale on its MyHeritageDNA autosomal DNA test until May 15.

At 30 percent off of the regular price of $99, that reduces the cost to $69 plus taxes and shipping.

MyHeritage is a newer player in the DNA and genealogy testing niche. You can learn more about it by reading a post by the Your Genetic Genealogy blogger. Because it is a newer service, its database of potential matches is smaller than those of the "Big 3" DNA/genealogy testing companies. So be aware you might not find as much as with testing at one of the "Big 3" but if you are adopted "fishing" in all the DNA matching ponds is the best search strategy.

Take note that if you have already taken an autosomal DNA test at another testing company, you can transfer your results to MyHeritageDNA which at this time transfers are still free. MyHeritageDNA accepts raw DNA data from Family Tree DNA; Ancestry DNA (V1 and V2 chips); and 23andMe (V2, V3 and V4 chips). The company expects to offer an ethnicity report sometime this month.

If you are wondering which DNA/genealogy testing companies accept data transfers, read a post by the DNAeXplained Genetic Genealogy blogger.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

New Resources on the Research Help and Links Pages of the MCGG Website (Here)

To everyone that attended this past Saturday's Pathway to Membership in a Lineage Society Workshop, thank you for attending. We hope you enjoyed it.

In producing this workshop, the Macomb County Genealogy Group created a few new resources and have placed them on our website for your personal use. If you think a friend or cousin would find one of the resources helpful, share the link to the page. That is allowable sharing. Please do not send him/her the file directly. These forms/documents are not for commercial use, for re-distribution by individuals/other groups, or for sale/re-sale.

So what have we created?

MCGG Lineage Resources a list of books at Mount Clemens Public Library that are helpful resources to check when doing lineage research to apply to various lineage societies.

If you do not live near Mount Clemens Public Library you may find some of the books at a library near you. Just be aware that Dewey Decimal codes might vary between libraries.

MCGG Lineage Source Log a form to use along side just about any lineage society's worksheet.

The idea behind this form is: a lineage society worksheet focuses on names/dates/places but does not have a lot of room for what source/documentation proves those names/dates/places and proof is everything to a lineage society. Our MCGG Lineage Source Log gives you a place to record your sources/proof in an organized manner that follows along with the worksheet. So you put your names/dates/places on the lineage society worksheet and just the source citation on the MCGG Lineage Source Log. Just use whichever source citation format is used by the lineage society you are joining. Then when you (or the lineage registrar) is ready to type up the final application all of your source citations (proofs) are listed in one organized, readable place.

MCGG's Digitized Civil Vital Records List  this is actually a new page on this website that can be accessed using our Links page or Research Help page.

MCGG has created a list of all States with Online Digitized Vital Records. Though there are numerous vital record indexes out on the internet to utilize, the databases on this list are the ones that have digitized civil vital records registers or certificates. Some are on free websites, some are on pay/subscription websites. We will try to keep this list updated.

We hope you find our new resources helpful along with our original ones the:  MCGG Family Group Sheet, MCGG Pedigree/Ancestral Chart, MCGG Relationship Chart, MCGG Simple Research Log, MCGG Simple Source Log as well as our MCGG Beginner's Kit.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Lapeer County Genealogical Society will Meet on May 9, 2017 in Lapeer

The Lapeer County Genealogical Society is still without a website so as a courtesy MCGG would like to let you know that LCGS's next meeting is on Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lapeer.

Len Thomas is presenting "It's about those Headstones -- Civil War Graves." Thomas will share his experiences in searching Civil War graves and how to make certain that Civil War graves are clearly marked.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!